The 7 Best Animated Family Films

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Family films are notorious for engaging every member of the family - both child and parent - in a world of fantasy. These animated classics are hand-picked as some of the best entertainment you can come across, teaching great messages to your little one(s) as well as relating to you on a deeper intellectual level. Give some of these a look next time you’re deciding what to watch:


7. Despicable Me (2010)

Illumination Entertainment’s 2010 smash hit Despicable Me is actually a story about an adoptive single parent. Gru, an aspiring supervillain, gets sidetracked from his plan for world domination when he must take care of three young girls. It’s a sweet tale about learning to love and put aside differences for boys and girls alike. You can rent it here.

6. WALL-E (2008)

Space. Robots. The future. These are just a few things that come to mind with the thought of 2008’s WALL-E. Humans have abandoned the earth on a ship due to our environmental ignorance and have left worker robots on the planet to clean up the mess. However, when a robot hitches a ride on a rocket back to the mothership, some alarming truths are revealed about human nature.

5. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937)

Released in 1937 as the first full-length animated motion picture, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves was and still is a technical achievement that continues to capture the hearts of people across the globe. As an important piece of history as well as an old-fashioned good time, this film works on multiple levels. Rent it here.

4. Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Featuring one of the most beautiful art styles seen in early animation, 1959’s Sleeping Beauty is an often overlooked gem that gave birth to one of the most sinister villains of our time: Maleficent. Princess Aurora is hidden away in the woods as a child from an evil witch, but when that witch gets an inkling of where she might be, an exciting pursuit begins. Rent it here.


3. Aladdin (1992)

Daring swordfights, far-off places, and a prince in disguise? You’ll find all of these in 1992’s critically-acclaimed Aladdin. This tale features a street-rat chasing after the girl of his dreams - who happens to be the princess of Agrabah. With the help of a Genie, he sets out to do whatever he can to win her heart. However, he soon realizes that all the riches in the world can’t beat what he had to offer all along: his plain old self. Rent it 


2. Toy Story 2 (1999)

Arguably the best chapter of the saga, Toy Story 2 is a touching story about growing up, longing for the past, and missing those you love. Wrap all of this in an intense, yet playful rescue mission and you’ve got a film that’s sure to satisfy viewers of all ages. No need to see the first installment  to understand it, either; however, you’ll surely want to see it as soon as the credits roll. ______ where to rent it.

1. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Don’t judge a book by its cover. We’ve all heard this saying. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast puts it into action. Town outsider Belle finds her inventor father kidnapped and imprisoned by a ferocious beast. To free him, she voluntarily takes his place. In the following months, she explores the mysterious castle in which the beast lives, along with the inner-workings of his mind. This tale’s as old as time, and the message will resonate with anyone who watches it. Rent it here.
Animated family films serve a dual purpose: to entertain and to educate. These films perform both functions phenomenally. Surely these will become classics in your household with repeated viewings daily.

By: Tim Milles

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